Mental Health & Coping with Stress
Mental health is an aspect that can greatly affect multiple systems in the body, such as immune, digestive, and more! Plus, most people's mentalities have been stressed to the brink, if not just exacerbated during "these difficult times". We are certainly not doctors, but these are a few practices that have helped us cultivate a healthier mindset. For clinical mental health issues, speak first to a licensed mental healthcare practitioner.
Whatever your way to move, it’s good to get out of your current surroundings, and into something more peaceful. For some of us, that’s taking a walk. There’s no pressure to run or be the best, but it helps give you the space to think. It’s especially good to take these quiet moments to think about what and who you’re grateful for.
Let it all out, friend. Talking to a neutral party willing to listen can be a big step in taking care of yourself. If you don’t have someone like that in your life, we've had friends talk to HR at work about seeing a guidance counselor or licensed therapist for free. If your employer doesn’t have this benefit, do a Google search about free counseling or therapy services in your community. Video call counseling services are also becoming popular for those on a budget, or with a busy schedule.
It might be difficult to open up to someone or admit a need for help, but people are becoming more transparent about their own mental health struggles. As society opens up about getting help, they put myths to bed – myths like “Only selfish or weak people ask for help.” These myths couldn’t be farther from the truth; take the step, talk to the right person, and change your life: https://www.mentalhealth.gov/
You can redefine what stress eating means to you. Instead of binging on something that will bring down your energy and mood later, try eating something refreshing and crunchy, like an easy, crispy salad with cool dressing (might we suggest this recipe?). Going through the process of creating something simple can help shift your focus to making something productive. Then you have the reward of the fruits of your labor. Tell yourself, I made something today, and now I get to enjoy it.
In addition to foods, it may be helpful to supplement what the diet lacks in relaxing elements. Valerian Root or Magnesium provides the body with mood support in stressful times. Many love Valerian Root before bedtime, or a balanced calcium-magnesium supplement during the day, to support a healthy stress response.
Focusing on your breathing and quiet meditation can be helpful for people who practice it regularly. Try it out, because as simple as it may seem, it might just be the thing that helps you. We even found this calming GIF to help practice deep breathing: https://giphy.com/gifs/help-satisfying-breathe-krP2NRkLqnKEg
For those with racing thoughts, stress journaling can be a way to organize those thoughts, and even put them away for a later time. Then you can revisit your past words to acknowledge them, once you’ve had time to cope. Or, you can burn them to symbolize letting go. Or, you can publish them to turn your bad situation into an accomplishment and help others who have a shared experience. Whatever is helpful to you!
At Fruitful Yield, we know that everyone is going through something. We’re here to help our healthy friends stay well in every aspect. We wish you all the best of health, and we’ll see you soon. Comment below how you manage your stress health-fully!